Fifteen Big 7 wrestlers state bound

Nine boys and six girls from the seven Mission, Sharyland and La Joya high schools, the Big 7, have qualified for the University Interscholastic League’s (UIL’s) State Wrestling Championship meet which is being held today and tomorrow at the Berry Center in Cypress, Texas.

Last year Sharyland Pioneer led the way among the Big 7 schools with six wrestlers qualifying for state, while La Joya Juarez-Lincoln led the way among the Big 7 6A schools with four wrestlers qualifying. This year Pioneer is once again leading the way among the Big 7 schools with a total of seven Diamondbacks and Lady Diamondbacks qualifying for state, while Palmview has three qualifiers, Sharyland has two and Juarez-Lincoln, Mission High and La Joya High each have one wrestler that qualified. 

Daniel Huerta (145 lbs.) gets the better of his opponent at the Grapefruit Bowl wrestling tournament held at Pioneer High School Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.

The Pioneer wrestling program not only led the way in state qualifiers among Big 7 schools, but Coach Richard Eckley’s girls led the Valley in the number of state qualifiers for the second year in a row while his boys did the same for the third straight year.

Here is a list of the Big 7 State Championship qualifying wrestlers by school and weight class:

5A Boys

Sharyland Pioneer: Angel Avila (126 lbs.), Daniel Huerta (145 lbs.), Ethan Garza (220 lbs.), Orlando Camacho (285 lbs.)

Sharyland High: Alberto Mendoza (106 lbs.)

La Joya Palmview: Joseph Zieske (138 lbs.)

6A Boys

La Joya Juarez-Lincoln: Carlos Doria (126 lbs.)

La Joya High: Jacob Gonzalez (145 lbs.)

Mission High: Dante Lopez (285 lbs.)

5A Girls

Sharyland Pioneer: Emily Trevino (119 lbs.), Vanessa Ramirez (138 lbs.), Camila Flores (215 lbs.)

Sharyland High: Jerilyn Peralez (95 lbs.)

La Joya Palmview: Brooklyn Garza (128 lbs.), Judith Rivas (165 lbs.)

This story was originally published in the Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 edition of the Progress Times.

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